The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

St. Sen. Cameron Brown seeks secretary of state post 2.18

Written by David Green.

Michigan state senator Cameron Brown announced last week his intent to see the 2010 Republican nomination for secretary of state. Brown refers to his agenda as  “Common Roots, Common Values, and Common Sense.”

 “The secretary of state’s office serves as the ‘front door’ to state government for Michigan residents,” said Brown, R-Fawn River Township. “The job is all about putting people first–something I’ve done for the past 25 years from the Sturgis City Commission all the way to the Michigan Senate.”

Brown, 54, was first elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2002, following two terms in the state House of Representatives. He was re-elected to the Senate in November 2006, and serves as the chair of the Homeland Security and Emerging Technologies Committee and vice-chair of the Campaign and Elections Oversight Committee.

“The Department of State must continue to improve upon the superb legacy of customer service established by Candice Miller and Terri Lynn Land,” Brown said. “I will build on their accomplishments and take additional steps to bring branch offices directly to the people of Michigan. Branch offices open 24 hours a day and on weekends, expanded online services, and even locating branch offices in highly trafficked locations like grocery stores and malls are all advancements I will explore.” 

“Cameron Brown does the right thing,” said state Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “He has the backbone to stand up to special interests and is not swayed when the pressure is applied. He is a staunch advocate of the people and I support his candidacy for Michigan's Secretary of State.”

As a former community college history instructor, Brown selected the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth for his announcement.

“Good things are born on Feb. 12th,” Brown said. “To this day, Lincoln still represents the best of public service. In the face of incredible odds he prevailed without yielding his principles or values.”

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